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MacTaggart Lecture 2018: Michaela Coel

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In this bonus episode, we hear the full, unedited recording of this year’s MacTaggart Lecture, delivered at the Edinburgh International TV Festival by actor, writer and producer Michaela Coel.

You’ll hear her rise to fame – from an estate in Tower Hamlets to the BAFTA-winning success of Chewing Gum on E4 – as well as a brutally honest account of what it took go get that series made.

This podcast contains strong, and sometimes racist, language.

A PPM Production, produced by Matt Hill. Thank you to the Edinburgh International Television Festival for sharing this audio with our listeners. You can find more great sessions from this year on their YouTube channel.

Episode 101: Edinburgh International Television Festival 2018

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Jake Kanter (Business Insider) and guests descend on Edinburgh for the biggest date in the industry – featuring Alison Kirkham (BBC Controller of Factual Commissioning) Faraz Osman (MD, Gold Wala) and Scott Bryan (Buzzfeed).

Jeremy Corbyn’s big idea for tech giants to subsidise the BBC, Michaela Coel’s punch on the nose for British TV in a brutally honest MacTaggart lecture, and a rude awakening for television controllers about the way they do business.

Also on the programme: Lenny Henry shares his highlights of the festival and in the Media Quiz, our guests try to spot the difference between real commissions and pitches we made up.

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Episode 100: Yet Another Culture Sec & A Sky High Bid

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Media news and analysis with Olly Mann and guests radio producer Trevor Dann (Audio UK) & journalist and writer Tobi Oredein (Black Ballad).

What does another new culture secretary mean for the industry? Who won the latest copyright battle between the internet giants and the EU? What will LBC do with Eddie Mair? Our panel discuss these stories.

Also on the programme: we speak to Lisa Campbell from the Edinburgh International TV festival about her top picks for this August.

PLUS in the Media Quiz, we guess people, places and things.

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Episode 98: Local TV, Dacre’s legacy & hope for Audioboom

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Media news and analysis, with Olly Mann and this week’s guests Talkback’s Leon Wilson and former Discovery exec Prof. Lis Howell.

The panel discuss how Paul Dacre’s departure will affect the Daily Mail, what the secret sauce is in Love Island’s success, and allegations surrounding local TV provider ‘That’s TV’.

Also on the programme, we field questions from Audioboom clients to exec Ruth Fitzsimons, and what Jeremy Vine is doing at the helm of The Wright Stuff – as well as continuing his Radio 2 show.

AND in the Media Quiz, our guests match the pundit to the network in the battle of World Cup broadcasters.

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Episode 97: Evening Standard’s ‘Money Can’t Buy’ offer, Grimmy quits R1 Breakfast Show

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Media news and analysis, with Olly Mann and guests Imriel Morgan (ShoutOut Network) and Alex Hudson (metro.co.uk). With the Evening Standard under fire for their leaked branded content strategy, we ask are companies paying for favourable coverage and does it matter? Also on the programme, we discuss the news that Grimmy and Greg are to swap shows on Radio 1, and could we be about to see a partnership between the BBC and ITV?

AND in the Media Quiz, we play ‘Ladies First’ to decide whether the media’s attempts to promote gender equality are progressive or just plain patronising.

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Episode 96 – British Podcast Awards 2018

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Olly Mann and Rhianna Dhillon were live at Saturday’s British Podcast Awards in London, talking to the winners and audio industry execs about the future of the medium. If you’re looking to understand this emerging media platform, there’s no better place to start.

Featuring interviews with the winner of Podcast of the Year Cariad Lloyd and Listeners Choice winners Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo, as well as the winners of Best Family podcast (Co-producers Stephen Scott & Philip Feenan, Once Upon a time in Zombieville), Represent Award (Davot Irving, Fran Reynolds, Dave Lavis, Liz Hall, Carousel Radio), Fiction (Ross Sutherland, Imaginary Advice), Entertainment (Cariad Lloyd, Griefcast), Best New Podcast (Maeve McClenaghan, The Tip Off), Comedy (Beef And Dairy Network Podcast, Benjamin Partridge), Current Affairs (The Foreign Desk, producers Bill Leuty, Joleen Goffin and presenter Andrew Mueller), Most Original (execs Becky Power & Nicola Borradaile, The Discovery Adventures, LandRover), Culture (The Two Shot Podcast, Craig Parkinson), Sport (Adam Catterall Nick Peet Mike Pickston), Best Interview (Cariad Lloyd, Griefcast), True Crime (Producers Neal Razzell, Emma Rippon and James Beard), and Podcast Champion (Helen Zaltzman). All in 26 minutes – blimey!

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Episode 92: The Gender Pay Gap, Interns and a lifeline for Sky

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Olly Mann is joined by broadcast consultant Matt Deegan (Folder Media) and journalist Kieran Yates to dissect the week’s media news; how did the media fare in the gender pay gap revelations?

Also on the programme: our panel discuss Monocle’s intern woes, Disney’s lifeline for Sky News… and just who will be presenting this year’s MacTaggart keynote in Edinburgh. All that AND we crunch the numbers in our Media Quiz.

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Episode 90: Guardian Changing Media Summit 2018

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Olly Mann is joined by delegates at the Guardian’s Changing Media Summit in London to discuss some of the key trends in international media, as well as covering the big media stories of the week.

On the programme: Sam Baker (The Pool) and Matt Kelly (The New European) discuss the role of a partisan press in a digital age, as well as what the end of Leveson 2 means for Fleet Street. Buzzfeed’s Jim Waterson gives his take on Comcast’s audacious bid for Sky TV, Jason Phipps (the Guardian) and Nicky Birch (Rosina Sound) discuss smart audio and Alexa, and Cindy Gallop discusses the responsibly of the advertising industry to shape the future of tech.

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Episode 89: HomePod gripes, Sky News pledge & Twitter TV

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Media insight and analysis, with Olly Mann and guests Paul Robinson and Nastaran Tavakolifar. The panel discuss the Guardian’s new interactive storytelling for audio, as well as Twitter bringing a new approach to live video.

Also on the programme: Murdoch commits to Sky News for another decade, the BBC brings in the big guns to sell shows abroad, advertisers bail from the Daily Mail, and ‘hey Siri,’ the reviews are in on Apple’s new HomePod.

Plus, in the Media Quiz, we play Blockbusters – you can hum your own theme tune.

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Episode 88: Express deal nears, freemasons & a podcast ad boost

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Media news and analysis, with Olly Mann guests Boyd Hilton (Heat magazine) and Rebecca Gillie (theweek.co.uk). The panel discuss the big stories of the week, including the news that Richard Desmond is (finally) poised to sell his paper empire, whilst purchasers Trinity Mirror face phone hacking victims in court.

We discuss those stories, plus Ian Katz’s first moves at Channel 4, why 6Music might need a rejig of its own, the fallout from the BBC gender pay gap dispute… how podcasts are the future of advertising (sponsors – please get in touch)…

AND in the Media Quiz, we hold people to account for the words they use. Just like proper journalists.

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